It seems Lin Miaoke, the adorable 9-year-old who perhaps unknowingly lip-synched “Ode to the Motherland” more than two weeks ago, is not alone in the pantheon of “great Olympic musical deceptions of our time,” as The Age termed it. An entire orchestra, in fact, got there eight years ago, we now learn. The Sydney Morning-Herald revealed the secret: “Sydney Olympics faked it too.”
Not only was the Sydney Symphony just going through the motions of a live performance while speakers pumped out recorded versions of its musical selections, some of the recordings were recorded by another group altogether, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Both countries defended the sacrifice of authenticity to avoid putting the nation’s image at risk, and considered the trade-off a no-brainer.
--Mike Nizza, NYT, on how it's not just a Chinese thing